Too spooky for me. Ok, but really. This episode had a much better final
act than the rest of it let on. I think some of the stuff I said in the
Discord episode can apply here, but Fluttershy was played up to such a
degree that it was kind of insufferable. I get that she was scared and
overly cautious of everything, but to completely miss the spirit of the
holiday was a buzzkill. I was kind of in Rainbow’s camp for much of this
episode. That said, I was amused by the others not really trying to
play along. They were just confused and underwhelmed, which I felt was a
more believable response.
But then we get to the corn maze act,
and wow did things get better. The execution was impressive, the shots
and mood was on point. There were a few great references, and an overall
sense of expertise. The overall ending was ok, a bit of a grinding halt
from the rest of that greatness, but it made sense. If it the corn maze
hadn’t been there, I would have liked little and less about this
episode. But it was, and it really turned the slog of the first two acts
into a buildup for a solid payoff.
Alright, a few closing
notes: 1) Fuck Angel. Irredeemable little shit. 2) Fluttershy’s scary
tea party was about social anxiety and being a disappointment to people
that you care. While it failed on a spooky level, and was played as a
weak attempt at being scary, that got real. 3) Rainbow with a helmet
full of candy was adorable. 4) What was Pinkie’s costume? I feel like it
was a reference, but I can’t place it.
’Though Athena is a goddess of war strategy, she disliked fighting without purpose and preferred to use wisdom to settle predicaments. The goddess only encouraged fighting for a reasonable cause or to resolve conflict. She emphasises everyone to use intuitive wisdom rather than anger or violence.’
It seems Twilight was dressed as a pony equivalent of the Greek Goddess Athena, Goddess of War and Wisdom. It fits Twilight quite well, they even share the same kind of ’pet’, the owl!
(Personally my favorite costume, but Applejack had the cutest!)